>> there's a little cowboy in everybody. >> reporter: there's a little cowboy in everybody. >> yeah, yeah, there is. there's a little american in it. a little of being an american is the cowboy in us as a culture. >> i don't want any trouble. >> reporter: it's a way of telling a story, terse, flinty, direct. and "cowboys and aliens" has got it. and so much of what happens is unspoken. >> i'm just deadly keen to cut as many lines of mine as possible. >> story of my life. >> i mean, the less i have to say, the better, as far as i'm concerned. >> well, but that's something that a lot of people don't -- you know, especially writers, they're gettttg paid by the pound. >> yeah, that's true. >> and so they just type as fast as they can. but you can say, you know, guys, please, i mean, you may, you know, we get it, we got the point. you can't just talk about what you're doing. you have to bring a little bit more complexity. gives you the opportunity to develop relationships. >> yeah.